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Rodeo returns to fairgrounds
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The Ridge and Valley Rodeo Club is sponsoring the 16th Annual Little Britches Rodeo on the weekend of Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Gays Mills.

The rodeo begins at 11 a.m. each day with tickets available at the gate for five dollars. Children under six years of age are free.

There will be bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping, chute dogging and team roping. In all, there are 19 events for competitors to choose from, divided into age groups of junior, intermediate and senior. Contestants range in age from six to 18.

For those a bit too young to participate, there is the wild and wooly Mutton Bustin’ competition for those five years old and under. The event features small future rodeo competitors riding sheep.

For more information or to pre-register your mutton buster, contact Becky Steele at 735-4459.

The events are sponsored each year by local businesses and awards are given out after the Sunday performance.

Food will be available on the grounds. The North Crawford High School wrestlers and cheerleaders will be serving lunch.

A ranch rodeo will be held after the Saturday performance of the Little Bitches Rodeo. The event is open to anyone and is meant as a competition to test the versatility of both the rider and horse. Several events will employ skills found in work routinely performed on farms and ranches, such as trailer loading, sorting, branding and doctoring.

For more information contact Terri Kraabel at 608-606-3466.

In addition to hosting the Lil Britches Rodeo and ranch rodeo next weekend, the club will organize and run a ranch rodeo, bull riding and barrel racing at the Crawford County Fair in August.

The Ridge and Valley Rodeo Club welcomes everyone to become a part of their organization. It takes the support of local businesses and dedicated members of the organization to make this event possible.

Anyone interested in joining, making a donation, or helping to sponsor an event should contact either Becky Steele at 735-4459 or Tracy Byl at 606-3466.